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Lakefront Businesses Urge Tourists To Return

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) -- Business owners around Lake Cumberland said myths and misconceptions about water levels and conditions at the lake have held back visitors to the area this year.

The lake is upstream on the Cumberland River from several Tennessee cities -- including Celina, Carthage and Nashville -- and was drawn down while repairs are being made to Wolf Creek Dam.

James Flatt of the Indian Hills Resort-Alligator 2 Marina said he's had a 50 percent drop in customers.

Flatt said the impression is that Cumberland is now a mudhole with no ramps and no docks open.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the lake to make improvements to the dam and said the surface of the lake is at and will remain at 680 feet above sea level in 2008.

In hopes of bouncing back, marina and resort managers have joined with the state to launch an aggressive advertising campaign to lure tourists back to the lake.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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